In Year One we have been reading and performing noise poems. We read the poem “Let’s Practice” and discussed the different sounds. We selected musical instruments to use to make the different sounds. Then we performed the poem.
Year 1 visited Stepney City Farm as part of our topic about ‘Animal Tales.’ We had a tour around the farm by one of the farm workers. She told us lots of information about the animals there. We learnt about what they eat and what they need to stay healthy. We touched some of the animals and talked about how they felt. We also looked at the plants growing on the farm and even got to try some of the leaves growing in the greenhouse.
Since our trip we have drawn a map of the farm, made information pages about the animals we saw and written a recount of our trip.
As part of our Year One topic about Animal Tales we made animal masks. First we looked at different animal masks. We talked about how they were made and important features a mask should have. We then drew our mask design. We decided which materials and mark making media we wanted to use. Then we made our masks.
In year 1, we have been reading ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.’ We designed our own lighthouses and used recycled materials to build them. We looked at pictures of different lighthouses from around the world to decide how to decorate our lighthouses. Finally, we painted them using a range of designs.
We learnt about Mary Seacole and the important work she carried out. We found out that she made her own herbal medicines. We searched for natural ingredients to make our own medicines. We were visited by an actress in the role of Mary Seacole. We had the opportunity to take on different roles to act out some of the significant events in Mary’s life and it helped us to find out more information about Mary Seacole’s life and work .
Year 1 children visited the National Portrait Gallery. We looked at portraits of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and learnt important facts about their lives and work. Seeing the portraits helped us to generate questions that we will follow up in class.
Year 1 took part in presenting an assembly about the festival of Eid. We shared pictures we had drawn showing what we do to celebrate Eid and some of us talked about our own experiences. After Eid, we had a party to celebrate in school. We wore our special clothes, ate party food and danced to music.